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User Flags (Follow) in Drupal 8

Follow a user Flag in action—Drupal 8

Flag module can be used to mark users in a Drupal project. Flags can be activated globally (where the flag status is the same for everyone) or personally where each user can control their own flag preference for another user.

The most common use of user Flags is to create lists of Followers. Users can add others to their Interests list, and have Followers who are interested in what they create on the site.

This article shows how to configure a Follow flag and create Views lists of Interests and Followers to be added to user Profile pages.

Published in Drupal.

How to bulk delete files responsibly

Linux find command to bulk delete files responsibly

One badly constructed command that intends to delete files from a folder can cost you your entire hard disk. It's not a nice place to be in. But there are steps you can take to mitigate the risks.

Finding the right command that deletes the files is only half the trick. These things are so dangerous you need to add some sensible protection so they can't be misused, no matter how focused and aware you are when executing the command.

This article gathers a comprehensive list of strategies and checks that can help prevent disasters when bulk deleting files. The examples rely on the find command, but the principles can be carried over to other commands.

Published in Linux.

Recover Drupal MySQL database from raw files

MySQL folder on linux storing data

Accidents happen. Accidents can raid your backup storage, production and other site versions. You can accidentally forget to set up regular backups (ò_ô). Whatever adversity hits you sometimes you have to face the difficult situation of having only raw mysql folder from a hard drive to show for your data, and no healthy database export.

Luckily there is a way to recover the data if you know the steps and you're careful enough. This article documents this process.

Published in Drupal, Linux.

Recover Drupal MySQL database from raw files

MySQL folder on linux storing data

Accidents happen. Accidents can raid your backup storage, production and other site versions. You can accidentally forget to set up regular backups (ò_ô). Whatever adversity hits you sometimes you have to face the difficult situation of having only raw mysql folder from a hard drive to show for your data, and no healthy database export.

Luckily there is a way to recover the data if you know the steps and you're careful enough. This article documents this process.

Published in Drupal, Linux.

Date Popup—Views Exposed Filter in Drupal 8

Date Popup Views Exposed Filter for Drupal 8

The default Views Exposed Filter format for Date fields (for example the Authored on field) leaves a lot to be desired in terms of usability.

This can be greatly improved with one of two additional modules—Better Exposed Filters if you're already using it for other parts of your site, or Date Popup for a superior experience.

Published in Drupal.

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